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via the Detroit Free Press,
Red Wings forward Kyle Calder will be benched for Game 3 on Tuesday in favor of Tomas Kopecky.
Calder hasn’t seen much ice time in the first two games against Anaheim, playing only 7:57 minutes in the first two games of the Western Conference finals. He has only one point this postseason, an assist in Game 5 against Calgary in the first round of the playoffs.
Kopecky hasn’t played since Dec. 14, when he suffered a broken collarbone against the Chicago Blackhawks.
from Darren Pang at Panger’s Blog,
I am working alongside Florida Panthers Play-by-Play voice, Dave Strader. He had some interesting views on the way the West has been officiated and how the standard has been tolerated. Many of us believe that there is way more interference and holding up in the West when compared to the East. It will be interesting to see how the adjustments will be made, if at all, when the Stanley Cup finals begin. The East could end up getting a plethora of powerplays!
more on Wings/Ducks and the World Championship…
via the Anaheim Ducks,
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that left wing Chris Kunitz will undergo surgery Tuesday morning to repair a broken bone in his right hand. Kunitz is doubtful to return this postseason. He suffered the injury late in the third period of Game 1 vs. Detroit.
from Legends Of Hockey,
Gordie Howe was once quoted as saying “Hockey is a man’s game.” In the game of hockey, Gordie is the man.
Hall of Famer Bill Gadsby claimed “He was not only the greatest hockey player I’ve ever seen, but also the greatest athlete.”
The right winger was a giant in his time at 6’1” and 205 lbs. He had the build of a heavyweight boxing champion. And he knew how to fight.
continued..and if you haven’t visited LOH, make sure to take a look around.
OK, I am taking a shot at naming the players in the picture,from L to R, Parker McDonald, Bob Nevin, Allan Stanley, Gordie Howe and Tim Horton. Am I right Joe?
from Reuters via the Moscow Times,
The Russians were left licking their wounds once their dream of winning gold on home ice was shattered with a 2-1 semifinal defeat by Finland in overtime on Saturday.
“Suicide!” blared a front-page headline in the leading sports daily Sport-Express on Monday.
“Finnish woodcutters destroyed the Russian Dream Team,” wrote Komsomolskaya Pravda.
It was the country’s first ever World Championship defeat in Moscow, which was hosting its fifth tournament since the competition began in 1957.
Russia coach Vyacheslav Bykov said it was a case of bad luck: “It was just an accident,” he said after his side beat Sweden 3-1 in a consolation game for third place Sunday to salvage some pride.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
If you’re a fan of hockey, then you have to be rooting for the Ottawa Senators.
You can be excused from that sentiment if you have a dyed-in-the-wool affinity for Detroit, Buffalo or Anaheim. But if you’re unattached, as we aging singles like to call it, and you just care about the game for its own sake, you have to get behind the Senators.
They appear to be steamrolling to the Stanley Cup, leaving turmoil in their wake and perhaps even creating a scenario that will bring about turmoil in their own organization. But they deserve support not because they’re winning but because of the way they do it.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The best thing any team looking to become more competitive in the NHL could do would be to immediately try to lure Yzerman to town, but that’s probably not happening.
It’s not clear what his plan is, but I doubt he’ll be leaving Detroit, even if it means Mike Ilitch has to give him a slice of the franchise.
But Hockey Canada, now that’s a different story.
In Wayne Gretzky, Ken Holland, Steve Tambellini and others, the national body has more than a few experienced choices when it comes to naming a general manager for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Bryan Murray and Daniel Alfredsson from this morning…
Q. Bryan, your goaltender, he’s always the second goaltender in every series. He started out the playoffs as, quote, unquote, the only weak link this team had perhaps. At what point does he finally become the guy they look to and the guy that gets the credit?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: Probably next year. I would think when he comes to camp next year, we’ll he’ll be recognized as the No. 1 goaltender in Ottawa and a guy that is serious. I’m serious when I say that. He’s a young guy. He’s the guy that told me he really gets into, you know, the next stage of his development, I guess. He won’t be given a lot of credit, but I think that’s fine with Ray. Certainly fine with us.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Can we stop the bleating about not seeing enough goals in the playoffs?
You’d swear those complaining that we’re not seeing basketball scores in the postseason had never seen a playoff game or understood what makes the NHL playoffs so compelling.
continued, plus more NHL and IIHF talk…
from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
Weeks after the cable and satellite industries completed a deal for baseball’s out-of-market package and planned MLB Channel, another sports league is involved in similar negotiations with the same companies.
In this case, however, talks between the NHL and In Demand, DirecTV and EchoStar are not nearly as acrimonious as the ones Major League Baseball had with cable for the first three months of this year. In fact, multiple cable sources said they expect to launch the NHL Network, which is currently available in Canada, on a digital sports tier before the 2007-08 season.
With its Center Ice package up for renewal, the league is leveraging negotiations around that out-of-market package to get carriage for an NHL channel. Subscriptions to “Center Ice” have been strong since the lockout, increasing by 38 percent from pre-lockout levels, according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
Unlike MLB, though, the NHL is not expected to give cable or satellite operators a stake in its planned channel. It’s not known how much the NHL is seeking to charge cable operators for carriage, but it’s expected to be less than the 20 cents to 30 cents that the MLB Channel will get.
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